"In notes dated 14th December 1920, and 9th February 1921, Alfred Hill attributed the belly to the contemporary maker Francesco Gobetti who worked in Venice (1690-1745).
We were told by the owner that on 8th November 1969 he consulted Simone Sacconi. His opinion was that the violin dates from 1682 but that the belly is a later replacement by Stradivari. On his return to England the owner reported this to Charles Beare, but he agreed with Alfred Hill's opinion.
On 14th February 2005 Etienne Vatelot of Paris issued a certificate of authenticity stating that in his opinion the violin is a typical example of Stradivari's work of the period 1680-1685."
Gardiner-Houlgate Fine Quality Stringed Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 6, 2006, London, Gardiner-Houlgate Fine Quality Stringed Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 6, 2006, London, London